The holidays are over, and the cold winter for many of us has settled in to stay for a while. It’s quiet outside because not too many people are moving about or if they are, they do it quickly. Cold air will do that to you. Life doesn’t seem quite as hectic in January and February. This is a good time to slow down and tune in. I’m not talking about tuning into TV or connecting yourself to the internet for hours at time. What I’m suggesting is paying attention to the natural world around you. Go for a walk or spend some time at your window and look at the trees, the birds, and the snow. Take it all in with all your senses, not just what you see.
I did just that this past week on a cold, wet, grey day. As I was traveling in the car, I saw a blue heron standing on a patch of ice in the river. The wind ruffling its feathers made me shiver. I was mesmerized by what I saw. Because I wasn’t driving, and no one was behind us, we were able to drive past slowly. It was such a peaceful scene; I decided to return the next day. The weather, though still cold, was better. The ice was gone but the heron, as well as geese and ducks were there. I walked around the park watching the birds, listening to their calls to each other, breathing in the freshness of the air, noticing that trees have a gorgeous blend of greys, greens, and browns on their trunks and limbs. When I looked up at pine tree that only had needles at the top, I saw the limbs were decorated with hundreds of little pine cones.
Slow down, tune in to winter’s beauty. It will feed your creative soul.
© Lynn Wyvill 2011